A brief account on the life and career of Abdul Hafeez Kardar; the first man to lead the Pakistani cricket team to glory. From where he began and how he went on to getting his name immortalized in the team’s history.
In 1925 Lahore, Punjab gave birth to an individual who became a part of the three legendary players who later on got the chance to play Test cricket matches for equally Pakistan and India; the other guys players were Gul Mohammad and Amir Elahi, born on January 17, 1925 Abdul Hafeez Kardar went on to become the first team leader for the national cricket team of Pakistan. Due to his humongous contributions to the national team’s antiquity he is broadly viewed as the pater of Pakistan’s cricket.
Kardar started his early career by playing for various teams including Muslims, Oxford University and Northern India. He is belongs to that generation of athletes who played from India’s team against England in Test matches then after the independence of Pakistan he got nominated and then chosen as the captain for the national team which played its first test-cricket series touring in India; through 1952-53. With his right-handed batting he took on Lala Amarnath’s Indian team during the test series. Even though they lost the series they attained their first victory in the second first-class test match which took place within Lucknow. He used to be a slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler and scoring a total of 6,832 runs and took an aggregate of 344 wickets while playing first class cricket; he secured the image as the father figure for this nascent team.
Being a very strong adherent of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Abdul Hafeez Kardar took part in politics and obliged his time as the chair for the PCB i.e. Pakistan Cricket Board. During his tenure he increased the representation of African and Asian cricketing nation-states with ICC (International Cricket Council). He was enforced to quit because of an embarrassing and petty dispute with players on the topic of their pay in the year 1977. He has operated with numerous charitable associations and that is why he was allocated as the Nation’s emissary to Switzerland. Today he is known for making cricket as it is today in this country and for his coaching of some of Pakistan’s cricket prodigies which led to the development of a culture that supported professionalism and pride. In 1970 he was also chosen in the Punjab Provincial Assembly on a PPP’s (Pakistan People Party) ticket and then as a minister in the bucolic cabinet.